I went for a high end projector back in 2004, and purchased the Sim2 HTlink projector. It has been good, albeit with consistent problems getting it to come on. I sent it back 2 different times for the issue, and it never was resolved. I turn it on; the bulb comes on for a few seconds, then goes out. I turn off the base module and back on, then fire up the PJ and it works. But now, it is just going off while watching, and I have to recycle again.
I called Sim2, and they are offering to trade me 'up' to a Sim2 C3XT2 for $5500. Supposedly that was a 21,995 projector. I cannot find anything at all on that projector anywhre, including on Sim2 site.
I had decided I would not spend that kind of money (14K) on a projector again. I really would like to stay under 5K, but don't want to spend 3500 to be disappointed.
Based on some reading over the past day, 2 that look interesting are: The Epson 5100 (possibly the e), and the Panasonic AE-7000.
My expectations are:
- Good picture, hopefully not disappointing compared to my current 8 year old Sim2 (I've been very happy with it)
- Better brightness for some ambient light
- 3D is not a requirement...but I am concerned that if I pass up 3D that I may ultimately regret it
My screen is a 1.3 gain Stewart Firehawk. Distance to the 92" screen from projector lens is ~ 16'. Watching distance from screen is ~ 14'
The most ambient light comes down from upstairs, where windows allow light in, and it comes down the stairs. Split level, so only 6 stairs. I do have 2 windows and a door behind the couch, but they have shading on the glass, and blinds, so it really isn't too bad. The walls and ceiling are painted fairly dark brown.
I"m a bit shy to consider a Sim2, given the cost of the unit, and the not so great experience with turning the current one on, over 8 years.
I posted in this thread because I assume that more folks here may be familiar with the Sim2, as it is supposedly a 'high end' unit.